Jul 8, 2020

Relaxation Tips during Trying Times


     Between all of the things going on in the world & many of our personal lives, I think we all need to find ways to relax. Mental health issues have become a topic of decision during this time. I know that I talked about why you should try therapy one one post. There are some people though who do know how to relax or take time to help themselves. Today, I'm going to talk about some relaxation tips. I do some of these on the regular while some I'll be trying out.  Below are some suggestion from Heathline & Verywellmind. 

-Breathing Exercises : Can be used anywhere & anytime. These are easy to do & work fairly quickly. 

-Meditation: Good for developing positive attitude. Long-term practice can aid in reducing stress.

-Exercise: Exercise is a great way to release stress and blow off steam. It can aid in relaxation as well. 

-Supplements: A number are used to benefit in helping reduce stress & anxiety including, Lemon balm, Ashwagandha, Green tea, & Valerian. *Some supplements can interact with medications or have side effects, so you may want to consult with a doctor if you have a medical condition.

-Reducing caffeine: Caffeine can be healthy in moderate does. However in high doses, it can increase anxiety. If you are jittery or anxious, it is suggested you cutback or out your intake.

-Writing/journaling: Write what you're grateful for can move your thoughts from the negative happening to the positive aspects in life.

-Socializing: Right now this one is tough at the moment. Spending time with friends have been found to release, oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. Both genders are found to suffer from depression & anxiety if they are lacking social connections.

-Practicing Mindfulness: A few ways to practice mindfulness include mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, & yoga. 

If anyone tries any of these tips, I would love to know. Peace & blessings, have a great day & stay safe, everyone!!

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